CREE Group proposes to build the tallest wooden building, appropriately named the "Life Cycle Tower," for Dornbirn, Austria. Using hybrid-construction that will cut CO2 emissions by 90% and construction time by 50%, the eco-conscious construction of the 30-story building uses sustainable resources such as timber and composite slab (wood/concrete). One of the oldest building materials known to man proves itself to be a timeless mainstay of construction even in the age of skyscrapers.
If you were imagining what the Pope was doing on June 5, 2010, he might have passed by, or seen from one of his many Vatican windows, the world's first hotel made entirely of garbage - 12 tons of it, picked up from European beaches in just a few days. It was the Save The Beach Hotel designed by German artist HA Schult and it was built to emphasize World Environment Day.
ATREE? by the Bureau of Architecture, Research, and Design (BOARD), based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, was chosen as a finalist in the upcoming European Competition of Architecture, Design, Realisations in Eco and Agro-Materals (DREAM). ATREE? will be one of 22 entries in the finals, and this first image suggests it will 'take a village' to grow it.
Students at New Jersey's Science & Technology University (NJIT), experimenting with parametric designs in their industrial design class, were invited to display their experiments at the London Festival of Architecture, June 19 to July 4, 2010. Their architectural objects illustrate new relationships between objects in 3-dimensions.
Design has a big impact on the environment, but today, most responsible designers put the 'environment' in their plans and try to avoid leaving a footprint. This is especially true in the design of new Materials, one of the categories featured in the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's exhibit, Why Design Now, The National Design Triennial.
Students from several departments at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have designed and constructed a most interesting prototype of a circular micro home: the Rollit. The simple, elegant architectural design provides the most efficient use of space one is likely to achieve.